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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 5, 2011 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: tech advice

i am and have been a comcast customer for quite some time and due to their overinflated costs and lack of package deals in my "area", i am strongly considering a jump to verizon !!! any pros and cons would be muchly appreciated ??????

This post was modified by RBNW....new and improved! on 2011-12-06 01:40:28

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Dec 5, 2011 7:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tech advice

I have Cablevision, however I have some experience with Verizon, and plan to switch over very soon.

I say switch to Verizon. It's much more advanced and smoother than Comcast, and easy to use at the same time. The TV picture quality is far superior with Fios, and it's cheaper.

I'm not sure about Comcast's service contract, but Verizon lets you cancel at any time, and every year you can threaten to switch providers, and they will lower your price!

As for internet, I believe Fios has more consistent speeds throughout the day. Even at peak hours, the internet will be fast.

Also, Comcast has terrible customer service from what I've heard. Not usually the case with Verizon. They really seem to want to make the customer happy.

I forgot to mention, the quality of the internet and phone services between the two vary depending on location. Near NYC, Verizon is better. But you may want to check what people say about the services near Boston.

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2011-12-06 03:15:40

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Dec 5, 2011 7:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tech advice

Verizon, the cell phone company, sells phone, broadband internet, and TV programming services regionally, and began to offer wireless home integration packages in NJ under their Fios banner in 2011. They will likely roll out these services in other markets where their infrastructure is already in place. Expect Verizon to provide basic integration packages.

A telephone company such as AT&T would enter the residence via a 24 gauge twisted pair wire which doesn't have a linear impedance when compared to conventional RG-6/RG-59 cable that Comcast would install.

If i’m to understand the Fios technology correctly, they are delivering their signal via a Fiber Optic network to then bring the signal into a residence. If this is the case, there will be limited market penetration based on the monumental task of building an infrastructure.

If my priority were television, a DirecTV satellite feed is probably the best available signal. Out here in the Bay Area, Comcast delivers an excellent HD video signal. Don't know much about the DirecTV internet, but it appears that if you desire bandwidth from any provider, you’ll have to pay for it.

Out here, the Internet chugs between 6AM and 10PM, too many users, too little bandwidth. Whomever is laying the infrastructure for the upcoming new “super” Internet will make a fortune.

Wi-Fi remains the albatross in all of this technocracy, no matter how creatively the marketing companies attempt to shove it down the throats of consumers.

If you want stuff to be stable, pull a wire, dual Raid hard drives, power management, battery back-up and thermal compliance.

:)

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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 6, 2011 5:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tech advice

Whatever Rob...You have no fucking clue what you are talking about. Its posts like this that make me insane. FIOS is run on light, yes, fiber optics. This huge "infrastructure" you say they have to build runs directly along the same lines as all of the nodes for the city. So you are wrong about your "limited market penetration" theory. The fiber optic signal by definition is stronger and faster than a Directv signal could ever be. So you are wrong there too. They have to install a battery backup junction box in your house as well. That is really the only downside besides price. You absolutely cannot do better than this technology right now. I have had FIOS for the past four years. The picture is perfect and the internet connect is blazing. Now please shut up and go spin another horseshit lie about something that is at least remotely believable....I will never understand why you have to act like an authority when you have no clue? Its like Hunter and his made up language. Shit makes no sense and I have no idea what you have to gain by bullshitting about it. You are a moron Rob, yes?

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Dec 6, 2011 9:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tech advice

RB,

Look, if you compared a Comcast, DirecTV and Verizion Fios 1080P video signal on a competent 50" display you'd be hard pressed to see any difference. If you bumped the video display up to a 4K Meridian LCOS projecter on a 10 foot screen that would be a different story.

All competing and varying signal transmission technologies have issues regarding bandwith, linear impedance, digital artifacts and jitter. The compression technique and correction network at the end of any delivery system manifest the differences.

What i've learned about you over the last year is that you are a cost-concious consumer who wants both value and performance.

Review the content package from the various vendors and the applicable rate, this data appears to be paramount to your application.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Dec 5, 2011 7:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tech advice

If FIOS were available for you, I'd say go for it. Your internet speeds will be better than anywhere else, and what will be available for digital channels on cable would be better as well.

If I had it available where I am, I'd be on FIOS in a snap.

As it is, I'm using UVerse, and I'd say I'm moderately satisfied. Comcast was good for years, but I'm a bandwidth snob, more is better. I get 24Mb down, and I want more.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Dec 6, 2011 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tech advice

this is still a very tough decision that I cancelled my advanced order of the vios package. This is the second try and for whatever the reason I just can't seem to pull the trigger. Believe it or not, I have every one of those problems that Vios points out so eloquently,depixisilation,audio loss,failure to change stations at will,on average to reboot takes about 7-8 minutes and I shouldn't have to do any of this.Why am I staying, I haven't the slightest idea.It's not cutomer service the operators sound like machines and nothing new was ever reported to me.......Sorry I know this doesn't help but I had to vent somwhere.

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Dec 5, 2011 5:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tech advice

Not sure about all the pricing rb but I have been a directv subscriber since 99. Always been very happy with them, always gave me great service and yes once in a while during a bad storm u do lose the picture but that was happening with me when I had Comcast as well. Give them a call they have great packages and flex pricing.